April 2, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Apr 2: SCA Awards winners announced, CoE to host virtual cuppings & other stories


Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.

  • Monday, 29 Mar – 2021 SCA Awards winners announced. There were several winners under the Best New Product category, including Caravela Coffee for its El Compás de Café. Onyx Coffee won three out of four Coffee Design awards, while the Pachamama Coffee Cooperative won the Sustainability Award for its Alto Mayo Landscape Peru REDD+ Project.
  • Monday, 29 Mar – Mazzer launches Super Jolly V Pro grinder. Fifty years on from the release of the first Jolly model, Italian grinder manufacturer Mazzer has released the newest in the range. The Super Jolly V Pro includes an electronic interface for remote control and is designed to increase productivity by 20%.
  • Tuesday, 30 Mar – Cup of Excellence to host two virtual cuppings during April and May. On April 16, attendees can sample the 2020 Guatemala CoE winning coffee from Antigua Buena Vista Y Anexos with its producer, Luis Pedro Zelaya Aguirre. After that, from May 7 to 22 CoE Head Judge Scott Conary will lead the Sensory Education Training Virtual Calibration course.
  • Thursday, 1 Apr – Mayorga Organics develops 24/7 order pickup lockers. At the company’s Rockville, Maryland location, customers can enter 5-digit codes or scan barcodes to retrieve their coffee orders. When placing online orders, customers can select “pick up” to use the system.
  • Thursday, 1 Apr – The Coffee Knowledge Hub set to launch Youth Academy in UK and Italy. The one-year programme is offering six scholarships to coffee professionals aged 18 to 30 to take part in online and in-person certified training sessions. Courses will cover topics including green coffee, roasting, and sensory, barista, and brewing skills.

Here are a few news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.

  • Wednesday, 24 Mar – Caffe Luxxe creates “The Original Coffee Kombucha”. The Los Angeles roaster uses their Montenero Blend, as well as kombucha culture and raw brown sugar, to create the beverage. Flavours available include Original, Cola, Black Cherry, and Vanilla.
  • Friday, 26 Mar – Peet’s Coffee launches fully plant-based breakfast sandwich. The Everything Plant-Based sandwich includes Beyond Meat sausage, JUST Egg, and dairy-free cheese on a bagel. The US coffee chain also offers oat milk, which is used in their Horchata Cold Brew Oat Latte and Golden Spice Cold Brew Oat Latte.
  • Saturday, 27 Mar – Vietnam reports reduced demand for its coffee. Prices per kilogram have increased on last week, but the Suez Canal blockage is expected to cause significant delays for robusta coffee to Europe. Demand is expected to grow as Ramadan begins in mid-April.
  • Sunday, 28 Mar – Formula 1 partners with Drive Coffee for multi-year deal. The Colorado company will be the official supplier for the international auto racing tournament. The partnership will also launch an exclusive range of branded products sold online and in grocery stores around the world.